Thursday, May 29, 2014

Multicolor Mayhem League

It is with great excitement that I announce a special league-style event for the summer: Multicolor Mayhem League!

A couple weeks ago, we had a special Monday Pauper Deck Challenge in which all the Commons from Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, and Dragon's Maze were legal. The format was so fun, and with so many interesting possibilities, that I decided to extend the fun!

So here's how this will work:

1. Registration

To participate in this event, you will need to login to your Gatherling account on (If you don't have an account, you'll need to create one, using the SAME username as your MTGO username). In your Player Control Panel, you will see a listing for Multicolor Mayhem League. Click on "Register," and input your decklist. Once this is complete, send an email to gwyned at gmail dot com, with the subject line: "Registration for Multicolor Mayhem," and include your Magic Online username. This information will be shared with everyone who participates in this event so that individual players can contact one another to arrange for a time to play out their  match. So be sure that you check your E-mail frequently.

Registration is open until 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, June 1st. At that time, any player who has not yet registered a legal decklist will be dropped from the event.

2. Deckbuilding

To be legal for this event, your deck must contain only Commons from any of the following sets: Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, and Dragon's Maze. Of special note, the following cards were printed at Common but are NOT Common in the legal sets and thus are NOT legal for this event: Arrest, Frenzied Tilling, Righteous Charge, Savage Surge, and Syncopate.

And like any Constructed format, you must have a minimum of 60 cards, with no more than four copies of any card (excluding basic lands), and may include a Sideboard of no more than 15 cards.

You will NOT be allowed to change your decklist at any time during the event. Doing so will be grounds for disqualification.

3. Structure

This will be a league-style event, with each Round taking place over the course of one week. Each round will be Swiss style, with the total number of rounds determined by the number of players:
  • With less than 17 players, we will play 4 rounds. 
  • With 17 players or more, we will play 5 rounds.
  • With 33 players or more, we will play 6 rounds.
  • With 65 players or more, we will play 7 rounds.    
  • With 129 players or more, we will play 8 rounds.
After the Swiss rounds are complete, there will be a cut to Top 8 (resulting in three more Single Elimination rounds).

Pairings will be automatically determined by the Gatherling program. When you log into your Player Control Panel, your Pairing for the current Round will be displayed, along with the ability to input your results as well as drop from the event.

Please set up each match as follows; before you join a match, make sure the match is setup correctly.
  • Type: Constructed Modern or Pauper
  • Match Structure: Best 2 out of 3
  • Event Timer: 30 minutes (25 minutes on the Beta client)
  • Allow Watchers
  • Comment: Multicolor Mayhem Round #
It is your responsibility each week to contact your opponent and arrange for a mutual time to play out your match for the week. Afterwards, both players need to report their results via the Player Control Panel. Failure to complete your match by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on the Sunday of each week will result in both players being dropped from the event unless you have contacted me.

Should all players complete their match prior to the Sunday deadline, Gatherling will automatically start the next round and update the Pairings accordingly. Nonetheless, the deadline will remain unchanged even if the round begins early.

4. Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for the Top 8 players:
  • 1st: 14 tickets
  • 2nd: 8 tickets
  • Top 4: 4 tickets
  • Top 8: 2 tickets
In addition, one player will be randomly selected each week to receive a special one ticket prize.

Finally, at the end of the event, all players who participated in every Swiss round but did NOT make Top 8 will be eligible for special prizes that will be announced at the beginning of the week of the final Swiss round. 

5. Conduct

It is the responsibility of each player to be aware of all the rules for this event. Ignorance will NOT be an excuse.

This event, like any Player Run Event, relies on the honor system. Please be a good sport.

If you’ve contacted your opponent and have not received a response in 48 hours, please contact me. If only one person contacts me and no results are reported, I will award that player a match win and drop his or her opponent.

If you are having any other problem (such as your opponent not showing up, your opponent dropped connection in the middle of the match, harassment, or anything else), don’t hesitate to contact me. And if you suspect another player is cheating, let me know. But I trust that every player will be a good sport and act in good faith such that I never have to become involved.

6. Questions

Leave any questions in the comments below, or feel free to contact me at gwyned at gmail dot com.


  1. This is great! Awesome! I loved this format and I'm very happy it is returning, specially in league style. With this, MPDC and hopefully the future series planned by Chris Baker, we have a lot pauper fun coming ahead! Thumbs up, Gwyned!

  2. #game. Looking forward to more of this sweet format.

  3. Deck submitted. I didn't have time to properly brew anything, so I'll go with an untested mix of my former deck with the deck I liked the most from MPDC Special.

  4. Will this League potentially spawqn more like it? eg A Cycling-based format of Onslaught/Shards, a Tribal format of Onslaught/Lorwyn, a Artifact format of Mirrodin/Scars, a Graveyard format of Odyssey/Innistrad et al?